Malaria is a serious and deadly disease that you should dodge like the plague when journeying to certain African, Asian and Latin American countries.
Determine if there is a malaria risk in the countries you plan to visit, by checking our BYG (Before You Go) Country Guides.
If there is a risk, you should consult a doctor 4 – 6 weeks before your trip.
Depending on the regions and elevations you plan to visit, your doctor may prescribe an antimalarial drug that will decrease your chance of getting malaria if bitten by an infected mosquito. The drug must be taken routinely for the prescribed amount of weeks.
Get travel insurance with medical emergency coverage that includes helicopter transport if need-be. You want top-notch, international medical coverage just-in-case, since malaria is potentially fatal if not treated immediately.
Because antimalarial drugs aren’t 100% effective, you should also take these 3 preventative measures to protect your skin from deadly mosquitoes throughout your trip.
Worst Case Scenario
If you develop the following symptoms while visiting a malaria-risk country, or up to 1 year afterwards, you should seek immediate medical attention and get tested for malaria infection:
Fever, shaking chills, headache, muscle aches and fatique.
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur. Left untreated, malaria can cause seizures, coma, kidney failure or death.